William Campbell Church

RankCaptain Capt. W.C. Church, from a group photograph of Officers of 8th Scottish Rifles at training quarters, Falkirk, 1914. From J.M. Findlay, With the 8th Scottish Rifles, 1914-1919 (London: Blackie & Son Ltd, 1926) facing p.16
Medals1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentCameronians (Scottish Rifles), 1st/8th Battalion No 2 Company
Military Service

1913 Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 8th Battalion Cameronians on 16 May, promoted to Lieutenant on 23 Dec.

1914 Promoted to Captain on 17 July.

1915 The battalion mobilized for war and embarked for Gallipoli from Devonport via Mudros in May, and landed at Gallipoli on 14 June.

Church - map of front lines

Map of the front lines, 28th June 1915, from 8th Bn the Cameronians War Diary


c1882 Glasgow

Death28th June 1915
Circumstances of Death

William Church was killed in action during the 28 June offensive at Gully Ravine, Gallipoli in which the 7th and 8th Cameronians suffered very heavy losses. Others lost that day included Lieut William Duff, Lieut Alexander Elliot, Captain Cecil Macindoe, Captain Charles Mowat, Second Lieutenant William Robertson

MemorialHelles Memorial, Panel 92 to 97
CWGC Information

Son of Maj. W. R. M. Church (8th Bn. The Cameronians), of 104, West George St., Glasgow. Scottish Rugby International.


William R M Church (1854-1933) and Christina Ainsley (c1859- )

Father's Occupation

Chartered Accountant & Stockbroker


Reginald (1884-1923), Percival (c1886- ), Elizabeth (1891- ), Edith (c1902- )


Glasgow Academy

Kelvinside Academy



1891 Census

Lilly Bank Gardens, Partick

1901 Census

2 Athole Gardens, Partick

1911 Census

2 Athole Gardens, Partick

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Beta Lair 85
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial
Kelvinside Academy War Memorial
Glasgow Academy War Memorial
Scottish Rugby Union Memorial, Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Wellington Church War Memorial

Other Information

Church played rugby for Glasgow Academicals. He was capped for Scotland against Wales 3 February 1906. Scotland lost 3-9.

Acknowledgements and Sources

Much of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Museum, Hamilton, Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk), and Findmypast (www.findmypast.co.uk),

Commonwealth War Graves Commission – www.cwgc.org

The Long, Long Trail – http://www.1914-1918.net/

Scotlands People – www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

The Scottish War Memorials Project – www.warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com



Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

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